Winthrop to Undergo Facelift

Vol. 18, No. 1
Spring 2008

  • The CyberKnife Challenge: Shrinking Hard-to-treat Tumors

  • Cutting-Edge Procedure Saves Patient with Rare Heart Condition

  • Winthrop Receives Highest Praise From Prestigious Joint Commission

  • Long Islanders Breathe Easier

  • Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Support Winthrop

  • Carleigh McCormack Pediatric Cardiopulmonary Lab Opens at Winthrop

  • Winthrop & Healthtrax: Partners in Wellness

  • Winthrop Celebrates and Honors its Volunteers and Auxilians

  • Yuletide Ball Raises Nearly $170,000 in Support of Pediatric Services

  • Winthrop Volunteers Wrap Holiday Gifts to Raise Funds for Reach Out and Read Program

  • Evening of 'Tasting and Giving' Raises $55,000 for Winthrop's CCFK

  • Astoria Federal Funds Creation of Virtual Resource Center for Diabetes Education

  • Winthrop's New Serenity Chapel Lights the Way for Peace & Hope

  • Winthrop to Undergo Facelift

  • Toshiba Reps Travel from Tokyo to Tour CyberKnife Center

  • Pat Lyons Foundation Supports Survivors of Childhood Cancers

  • Citigroup Foundation Supports CCFK

  • Loads of Toys for Winthrop's Young Patients

  • NY Islanders Visit Pediatrics

  • Winthrop Gets the Gold for Excellence in Stroke Care

  • Winthrop Continues Flu Immunization Program for Seniors

  • Local Homemakers Create & Donate Surgical Dolls

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    In times of spiritual need, people often seek a sanctuary where they can find solace and peace, and in times of joy, many look for a place were they can give thanks. To meet the needs for such a special place, Winthrop-University Hospital recently created a Serenity Chapel.

    The new chapel, located in the heart of Winthrop just outside of the Hospital's main lobby, is centered on the spirit of hope. With large stained glass windows engulfing the room in flecks of multicolored light, the Chapel is a place where visitors can take refuge as they pray, reflect or simply seek a moment of silence.

    Sometimes a little thing like getting in out of the rain is a big thing. And sometimes sitting on a park bench is a world away from sitting in a hospital waiting room - even when the park bench is right outside of the hospital.

    Matters like these, the comfort of roof over your head and a breath of fresh air, have defined the mission behind the planned renovation of Winthrop's main entrance.

    The new entrance of the Hospital will feature a porte-cochere, or portico, which derives its name from the French "coach door." Prominent in 18th and 19th century architecture, the porte-cochere provided shelter from the elements to passengers of horse-drawn carriages.

    Now, in the 21st Century, a newly extended roof will provide shelter for patients as they arrive at or depart from Winthrop-University Hospital. New mothers and their babies, and those recuperating from illness or surgery, will soon be ushered to their waiting vehicles under cover from elements such as rain and snow.

    Also included in the renovation plans are lush green landscaping, a garden with a sitting area and park benches, and new lighting along the entryway.

    The flow of traffic at the main entrance will be improved by the designated drop-off and pick-up area, and the creation of monitored short-term parking.


    Architectural plans for the new facade and landscaping are in place, and the renovations are scheduled to begin during the summer with completion by the end of the year.

    Grateful Family Supports Beautification Project

    A major gift from the Landers family of Old Westbury was instrumental in getting the renovation and beautification of Winthrop's main entrance off the ground. Stanley Landers explained the impetus for the gift:

    "There comes a time in one's life when you want to give something back to the community. There were three main reasons why we chose Winthrop.

    "The first is George L. Hines, MD, Chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery at Winthrop. He operated on my mother a dozen years ago to remove a mass in her lung. Arriving at his office for a follow-up visit, there were several patients ahead of us. Dr. Hines came out into the waiting area, told us it would be a little while until he could see us, but wanted us to know the good news immediately - that all nodes sampled were negative. During the several other times my mother was admitted to Winthrop in the ensuing years, Dr. Hines never failed to stop by and wish her well. Once they discussed the subject of prayer, and my mother confessed she was a bit embarrassed that she could not recite the prayer for my recently deceased father in Hebrew. "�Not to worry, Mrs. Landers," said Dr. Hines. "�I'm sure God understands English too." She never forgot his words, nor his compassion.

    "Second is Alexander A. Hindenberg, MD, my mother's oncologist at Winthrop. It was through his outstanding knowledge of alternate chemotherapy-like treatment that he preserved my mother's life, and its quality, for several years. Once she fell and broke her hip, and was taken to another hospital. We wanted her at Winthrop, but it was a Saturday. I paged Dr. Hindenburg and he arranged for her to be transferred that same day. But what says most about him, perhaps, is that he called me several months after her death just to say he was thinking about her, that she was a fine lady, and he wanted to tell me so.

    "Finally there is Winthrop pulmonologist Melissa Cohen, MD. No matter how mother felt when she arrived at Dr. Cohen's office, she always felt better after seeing her. Dr. Cohen always took the time, no matter how long, to really listen to what her patient had to say. She is, quite simply, the embodiment of the physician every patient wishes for: kind, caring, knowledgeable and compassionate. It was not a surprise when she too called to offer her condolences at my mother's passing.

    "These three physicians, who together represent all that is best about Winthrop, made our choice an easy one. They, and all here who are like them, are the ones who deserve our thanks most."

    - Stanley Landers
    Old Westbury, NY

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